PASSION FARMING

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Upon successful completion of this course, the learner should be able to

  1. a) Describe the passion fruit, it’s varieties, passion propagation and field selection for passion farming.
  2. b) understand insect pests of passion fruit and treatment
  3. c) identify harvest and post harvesting of passion fruit and ways of marketing it.
  4. d) undertake the processing of passion fruit

Course Content

Overview of Passion Fruit
a) Why passion fruit b) Common varieties • purple passion fruit • yellow passion fruit c) Soil characteristics and site requirements d) Choosing a variety • Characteristics of the purple type • Characteristics of the yellow type e) Propagation • Seed selection • Seedling method • Grafting f) Field selection

  • Overview of Passion fruit
  • QUIZ

PRE-PLANTING, PLANTING AND POST PLANTING FARM PRACTICES
a) Field preparation and planting • Training and trellising • Nutrient management • Irrigation b) Training and trellising • Training • Pruning c) Pollination requirements • Pollinators • Recommendations and practices d) IPM in passion fruit farming e) What is IPM f) How does IPM work • Set action threshold • Monitor and identify pests • Prevention • Control

PEST, DISEASES AND INTERVENTION MEASURES
Insect pests of passion fruit • Aphids- myzus persicae,Aphis gossip 11 • Thrips • Mealy bugs- planococcus citri • Leaf miners -liriomyza spp • Spider mites-tetranychus ssp • Fruit flies-bactocera cucurbitae and ceratitis capitate • Nematodes-meloidogyne ssp • Bugs b) Important diseases of passion fruit • Fusarium wilt • Passion fruit woodiness virus(pww) • Brown spot-alternaria passiflorae • Septoria spots-septoria passiflorae • Phytophitora blight-phytophtora nicotianae var parastica

HARVEST, POST HARVEST MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING OF PASSION
Harvest and post-harvest management and marketing b) Ripening and harvesting • Harvest methods • Physiological and biochemical changes during maturation and ripening • Pretreatments • Environmental parameters affecting fruit quality • Postharvest disorders • Advanced/modern storage to extend shelf life • Prevention/delaying the shelf decomposition • Methods of preservation • Other methods of preservation

PROCESSING, VALUE ADDITION AND PROFITABILITY OF PASSION FRUIT
a) Processing of passion fruit • Fruit pulps and juices • Dehydrated products • Freezing of pulps • Aseptic packaging • Microfiltration • Jam, jelly and marmalade • Pickles b) Value addition • Byproducts and waste management • Byproducts and waste management • Passion fruit seed oil • Oil extraction c)Profitability of passion fruit farming • Passion production profits per acre • The business beside of growing passion fruit • Income statement per acre (passion fruit) • conclusion

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